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you can see right there where there's, yeah, there's five shots. he was trying to kill them. >> among those killed in the rampage, dantzler's daughter and his ex-girlfriend. tragedy struck at a texas rangers baseball game and we must warn you the pictures are graphic. a fan fell 20 feet to his death while reaching for a ball tossed into the stands by a player. the man caught the ball and lost his balance at another fan tried unsuccessfully to save him. the victim's young son witnessed the whole thing. this is the second fatal fall at a major league baseball park this season. >> just horrific. >> tough to see. >> that's awful. after spending nearly three years behind bars awaiting trial in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, casey anthony will go free one week from sunday on july 17th. >> and the release date may seem quick but legally speaking the judge threw the book at her. diana alvear is in orlando with the latest. >> reporter: peggy and daniel, good morning. what a difference a not guilty verdict can make. this was a different casey anthony coming into that
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courtroom. her hair was down and loose, she even played with it a little bit, she was smiling, giggling. until she found out she wasn't going to be released from jail. while the judge spared no effort to give her the maximum sentence allowable, casey anthony will be free. >> i will sentence you to one year in the orange county jail. all four counts to run consecutive to each other. >> reporter: and fined her $1,000 for each guilty count. already served.o deduct her time where casey will go is unclear. in an exclusive interview with barbara walters, defense attorney jose baez said he's concerned about her safety. >> and i'm afraid for her. and i don't think it's fair. >> reporter: anti-casey sentiment was on display outside the courthouse. some taped their mouths with duct tape, dotted with hearts. others held signs calling for a boycott of books or movies made
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about the trial for fear casey would profit from her circumstances. >> only way we can get justice for caylee is so casey doesn't make money. she won't get her bella vita life. >> reporter: italian for "the beautiful life," the words tattooed onto casey's skin i i the days following the death of little caylee. there was a move by several media organizations to have the rest of the jurors' names made public. the judge decided he felt there should be a cooling-off period before he makes their identities public. we told you about the story a little bit earlier. san francisco police avenue recovered a valuable picasso drawing that was stolen from a downtown art gallery on tuesday. they've arrested the man they believe pulled off the brazen heist. police say mark lugo of hoboken, new jersey, walked in, snatched the drawing, and fled in a taxi. they cracked the case using surveillance video and positive i.d. from the cab driver. think picked up lugo in napa with the drawing intact but stripped of its frame.
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now to a callous crime on rhode island. the victim, a disabled dog. a heartless thief swiped a specially designed wheelchair from this 13-year-old named jack. the shepherd-lab mix had beenn using the wheelchair to get around. his family didn't believe anybody could be so cruel cruel. someone who heard about jack's plight donated a new wheelchair. >> i think that's a good idea. taking a look at your weather right now, we do have severe storms with hail and high winds around the mid-atlantic. kentucky and tennessee as well. showers and thunderstorms in the northeast. and also upper midwest. stormy in the dakotas and northern rockies and thunderstorms in the four corners region, veg gas and california. >> 92 in sacramento. a cool 67 in seattle. 83 in boise. 80s from minneapolis to kansas city. 103 in dallas. 93 in new orleans. new york climbs to 84 and boston 75. even i have to say this. it's the end of a magical era for millions of muggles. >> i went in there and changed
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your script. >> who wrote this? >> thousands of harry potter fans from around the world massed in london last night for the premiere of the final film in the series. stars included leads daniel radcliffe, emma watson, rupert grint and j.k. rowling arrived on the red carpet. she obviously so successful from all of this. she a billionaire author herself. >> she is the one thing i do like about harry potter. i have to admit i haven't read the books. apparently if i do i'm going to go crazy and love them. she's incredible. i really like her. also this is the highest-grossing film series in history, it's earned about 6 billion bucks. we have the feeling it's going to earn millions more in the next week. emma watson by the way, she was caught on camera crying on the red carpet. so emotional over the end of this franchise. i think they all grew up together, they really became a tight-knit group. >> she looked gorgeous in her big gown. big day today over in london. we'll be right back. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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stuntman? >> you can just get your mom's video camera and just do a stunt in your backyard and your friend filming it. i jumped off a tree onto a table about 20 feet high onto a bunch of mouse traps. >> oh [ bleep ]! >> reporter: what's the incentive, beyond getting a few laughs? teens like seth lee are cashing in, making up to $600 a video. >> every time they feature your video they pay youmoney. i'm getting paychecks left and right. >> reporter: leech won't say how much but claims som people are bringing in up to $50,000 a year. there e e other sites too. one named nothing quite as elaborate or daring as the stunts in the "jackass" movies. but for these home-grown stunt men, it can be just as dangerous. leech nearly killed himself
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after jumping off this 30-foot fence. >> i hit my head. it was head-first. and my final fluid drained out of my ear and i had brain swelling. >> are you concerned that you could kill yourself? >> i'm not oblivious to the dangers. like i realize like what's going to happen. >> reporter: seth leech says he won't jump off anything higher than 15 feet anymore and no more moving cars. his dream scenario is a flash mob situation, hundreds of those home-grown stunt men all performing stunts at the same time in the same place. andrea canning, abc news, los angeles. >> i will not be part of that flash mob. >> 15 feet is still pretty high. $600? i mean, really? for $600? >> i hope he has health insurance. >> it's all funny until you lose a limb. >> who is paying his health insurance? i hope it's not us. when we returnrn as we look forward to the final shuttle launch, let's look back at that is is's legacy. >> all right. also, what a ride it's been for the historic program heading for retirement now. you're watching "world news now." big day.
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♪ it's the final countdown >> you were just looking at live pictures of shuttle "atlantis" on the launch pad. they just recently started the fueling of the wliked by hydrogen and liquid oxygen. that goes on for several hours. >> now you're just showing off. >> fingers cross the about the weather though. >> when you see that, that was from the command center in florida. of course, there's a command center in houston. >> they hand off. once the launch happens, it goes from florida over to houston. >> how did you know my question? that was my exact question. that's very interesting. you of course have covered nasa and space launches for a long time for the shuttleleprogram. a thunderstorm could ground this final launch. lightning hit a water tower just about 500 feet from the launch pad yesterday.
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technicians found no significant damage, however. "atlantis" is set to bring four astronauts to the international space station. >> they've got a lot of lightning poles out there. the history of the space shuttle dates back to the early 1970s when president richard nixon first approved it. the four remaining shuttles will have new homes in museums in new york, washington, , d.c., flori, and my backyard -- i mean, l.a. >> as you swipe one. as the future of spaceflight moves on the shuttle will not soon be forgotten. here's abc's ned potter. ♪ >> reporter: kennedy space center. a space shuttle roars to life. >> main engine ignition. >> reporter: the commander is scottal ton.n. >> two, one -- >> boom, off the pad. >> reporter: in fact, alton isn't going anywhere he'd. he's in a simulator in houston.
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he has a complete amateur, me, as his copilot. >> at eight seconds i see the roll. reporter: one launch. after another. after another. >> zero, and liftoff foror the final launch of "endeavour." expanding our knowledge, expanding our lives, in space. >> reporter: "atlantis" is the very last. the shuttles did not make spaceflight affordable or routine but this did make it look routine. 300 different astronauts flew on more than 130 flights. the shuttles did some big things. they built an orbiting space station. they launched the hubble telescope and kept it going with 20 years of repairs. they also broke down barriers. in 1983, sally ride became the first u.s. woman in space. guy bluefrin became the first african-american. americans and russian were routinely flying together.
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terrible things happened too. the "challenger" disaster in 1986. >> we have a report from the flight dynamics officer that the vehicle has exploded. >> reporter: the "columbia" accident in 2003. 14 astronauts. 14 of the most beloved, were killed. >> we will never forget them nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye. and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of god. >> reporter: in the end, though, the shuttles were going into orbit for something like $500 million per flight, without the sense of mission that had driven nasa i ithe early years of the moon race. astronauts said they were fantastic machines. but the white house said private enterprise could do the job just as well. so even though thousands of jobs are being lost, even though the next projeje for american astronauts is not clear, the shuttle program now ends.
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>> we were just talking about some of the shuttles too. where theyey will go after they are retired. >> houston will not be getting one, after all. >> very shocking. >> i think we've got some live pictures of shuttle "atlantis" sitting on the launch pad. there it is. commander chris ferguson will be thinking about getting on board later today. just four crew members. if anything goes wrong there's no shuttle to get them back, they have to come back on a soyuz. >> imagine that, sort of old school. by the way we want to talk about some of the things that came out of the program. you start while i unload. >> the pistol grip tool when you see a lot of astronauts using doing space walks. that gave way to things like cordless drills and other cordless power tools. >> how about the baby food. there's interesting food choices when you're up there in space. and so things are sort of condensed to high nutritional foods. >> it's got to last for a long time. scratch-resistant glass. >> also the glasses when they do the fade. to reflect the light. whatever those.
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this morning on "world news now," "atlantis" anticipation. the final space shuttle launch is scheduled for later this morning. >> but all eyes or the skies and also the forecast as spectators show up for the historic blastoff. it is friday, july 8th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm done yell sea berg this for rob nelson. >> i'm peggy bunker. astronauts and crowds of spectators have been keyed up for the big launch today. but yesterday mother nature may have given everybody a preview of a not so welcome coming attraction at cape canaveral. which could mean that they'll have to wait a little bit longer. we hope not. it would be nice to is see everything go according to pla but often it doesn't. >> the weather means whether or
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not they will go up. there were lightning strikes near the launch pad. fortunately no damage to the shuttle. we'll just have to wait and see. they may wait until the last minute. we'll see if the weather cooperates when they start tanking. >> safe than sorry. all right, also this half hour she spent 18 years in captivity before her dramatic release. kidnapping victim jaycee dugard tells her s sry to diane sawyer in an abc news exclusive interview. very powerful interview that she did with her. >> just heart-wrenching, the excerpt. she has a book out now which we're going to support that book just because of what this poor girl has been through. she said she tried very hard to actively not think of her mother and her daughters really were the only true companions she felt close to and connected with. >> she was a teenager. >> 13 years old when she got pregnant. also coming up, "insomniac theater." we're going to preview the harry potter story. also we'll look at the new co comedy "horrible bosses."
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>> there's lots of reviews already in. it's kind of good to see jennifer aniston in a different sort of role. >> not playing these romantic comedies. >> she's supposed to be sort of mean and saucy. we begin with the historic space shuttle mission,n,p in the air so to speak this morning because of bad weather. >> the final flight of "atlantis" and the entire shuttle program at that is set to take place just hours from now. this is a live picture that you're looking at here. as you see, atlantis there on the launch pad. after a dangerously close lightning strike, however, more thunderstorms could put everything on hold. the bbc's david shukman is at the kennedy space center. >> reporter: "atlantis"s"n the launch pad. the last of its kind poised for the final mission. the space shuttles have been flying for 30 years. now this law firm will mark the end for a while of america's ability to send people into orbit. this massive building is where they've been assembling the shuttles and before them, the apollo rockets that took men up to the moon. but the shuttles just won't be
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remembered in the same way. their job was to deliver people and cargo into orbit and they have had real successes. >> shuttle has cleared the tower. >> reporter: the hubble telescope was hauled up on a shuttle and later repaired. the result? these spectacular images of the most distant reaches of the universe. the shuttles also built the international space station, an orbiting laboratory now the size of a football field. there's been a heavy cost. >> "challenger" full throttle. >> reporter: 1986, the "challenger" exploded. all seven people on board were killed. in 2003, the "columbia" broke up. another seven people were killed. for now, all eyes are on the images of. lightning struck close to the shuttle but the countdown continues. this video footage has been sped up. liftoff is one step closer if the weather allows.
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david shukman, bbc news, in florida. >> they are ready to light that candle. and you know, one of the things -- this by the way is our question of the day, whether they're sad to see the shuttle program ending, what this means to transition to the next stage. it troubles some folks to see that the u.s. manned spaceflight program is basically going to be run by the russians. if you want to get u u to the international space station after this it's going to be on board a so i news. >> it's a bit of history for us with jfk starting this space program. in such a shorttamount of time it's amazing how much because accomplished. >> we'll see what's next. we're following a developing story in michigan where seven people have been killed in a shooting rampage. police in grand rapids say the suspected gunman in the case has now committed suicide. the tragedy began too unfold whn police found four people dead in one home and three others killed across town. at least one of the victims was a child. >> got to be the hardest thing ever.
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two families just -- >> just gone. >> just torn apart. all in the blink of an eye. one person could do this to somebody, i just -- this is terrible. >> great people, great, friendly people that i could not -- i could -- the last people on earth you would think something like this would happen to. >> yeah. >> the suspect is idedeified as rodrick dantzler, who served time for assault. when is obviously dead after committing suicide. police say his daughter and an ex-girlfriend are among the victims. one week from sunday, casey anthony will walal out of jail free woman. letter quick release is the result of a judge imposing the maximum sentence minus time served and credit for good behavior. ashleigh banfield has those details. >> state of florida versus casey marie thony. >> reporter: casey anthony's criminal case wrapped up with the judge throwing the book at her. keeping her in jail as long as he legally could. >> i will sentence you to one year in the orange county jail. imposing a $1,000 fine on each
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count. >> reporter: could she get out after serving just under three years? among other things, credit for good behavior. described by casey's jail guards at trial. >> miss anthony's model inmate. >> reporter: the community into which she will be released. >> the only way we can get justice for caylee is so casey doesn't make money. >> reporter: the state agrees. it's filed suit against casey for the cost of the investigation. as has the woman who claims casey stole her name to fabricate a anyonenanny. and the group who helped search for her child is also considering a suit. when casey leaves jail, everything that was seized from her by police will be returned, plug that pontiac sunfire, the one prosecutors said smelled like death. among some of the sensational fallout from this case, security and worry. the judge worried about his. the anthonys worriededbout theirs. and now word there have been death threats leveled insurgency these jurors.
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ashleigh banfield, abc news, orlando. arrests could come as early as today in a widening scandal over phone hacking and payoffs made by a british tabloid. the murdock media empire has tried to stem public outrage by announcing the "the news of the world" would cease publication as of this sunday. that's done little to satisfy a man who suspects his phone was hacked after his son was killed by a terror bombing. >> it's a violation, isn't it. and i -- i still don't know what i think about it. other than i'm really angry. really angry. >> we now know that ththe practices that are being discussed, that we're talking about here, were such that we've fundamentally breached a trust with our readers. >> you can call it the end of "the world." some have suggested the murdocks are shutting down the paper only to rebrand it as something else once the scandal dies down. after standing for more than a century it took seconds to bring it down. with the touch of a button half of the eighth street bridge in
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pennsylvania hit the skids there. it was no more after that. the deteriorating steel span built in 1900 had been designed to support lighter, narrower cars. an adjacent bridge opened in march to replace it. the rest of the old bridge will be demolished next month. they actually say across the cocotry there's a lot of bridges that have sort of not had great maintenance that really sort of might need the exact same thing. >> might be fun to blow them up like that. >> it would be fun. here's your friday forecast now. severe storms from the mid-atlantic into the tennessee and ohio valleys. much of the same for the dakotas and northern rockies. showers and thunderstorms are in store for the four corners region, vegas, and southern california. scattered showers from boston to d.c. >> i love this song. doesn't it make you feel like getting on a bike and riding into the country? ♪ in the summertime >> of course. >> 83 in new york. 94 in atlanta. 93 in new orleans. 103 in dallas. mostly 80s from indianapolis to fargo. and phoenix 108.
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sacramento coming in at 92. all right, here is our cute animal of the morning. what would a morning be here without a cute animal? it's a domesticated floppy eared rabbit that's running wild in a topeka, kansas, neighborhood. >> we had one while i was growing up. neighbors believe the bunny was left behind by people who moved away. they are concerned because this is a pet so it's probably having trouble getting along on the mean streets in the wild. it will not let anybody get close enough to help out including the cameraman. let us know if you have any ideas for the flopster. people get bunnies for easter, it's cute for the first month, then they end up abandoned and it's sad. >> or they start to populate. send us nice ideas. no ideas about rabbit stew. >> i don't want to hear about eating the rabbit. how do we help the rabbit get back into a nice, domestic house? all right, everyone, we'll be right back. ♪
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the story of jaycee lee dugard has grip the nation. she of course is the woman who was kidnapped by a sex offender at age 11 and spent the next 18 years in captivity. >> unimaginable. due guard is speaking out for the very first time about her ordeal. she sat down for an exclusive interview business abc's diane sawyer and told a story of fear, hope and survival. >> reporter: this is how she looked the last time we saw her. jaycee lee dugard. 11 years old. a girl who loved her mom, her little sister, and aat named monkey. a fifth grader who set out for the school bus one moneying where she was kidnapped by a convicted sex predator, philip garri garrido, who handcuffed her, raped her, imprisoned her.
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and she gave birth twice in a deranged backyard. for 18 years, she was never allowed to say her name. and the day her first child is born, she is alone in her backyard prison. so august 18th, 1994, you're how old? >> 14. >> you're in labor. and there's nobody there. having a b by in a backyard. >> yep, i did. very painful. then i saw her. she was -- beautiful. i -- i felt like i wasn't alone anymore. had somebody that was mine.
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i wasn't alone. and i knew i could never let anything happen to her. i didn't know how i was going to do that, but i did. >> reporter: in her story of survival, a lesson for every person alive. trying to imagine how you are coping. i'm trying to imagine. >> i don't know. i can't imagine being beaten to death, you know. but -- then you can't imagine being kidnapped and raped, you know. so it's just -- you just do what you have to do. to survive. >> reporter: and 18 years later, a stunning reunion with the mother who loves her. but remembers something she forgot to do for her child that day, 18 years ago.
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>> i had been late to work three monday mornings in a row. and i i s focused on myself. trying to get myself out that door so i wouldn't be late for work. and i chose not to go in and kiss my girls good-bye that morning. wanting to be on time. and for 18 years, i kicked myself for not kissing that baby good-bye. >> how could you have known, though? you can't beat yourself up about that. >> no. but it's a good lesson. you know, take a minute for your kids. do that. extra thing may may be an inconvenience to you but is important to them. >> it's really remarkable.
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>> if you can watch that interview and not feel at least a little emotional, maybe more so -- >> how can you not. >> then your heart is made of stone. >> how can you not. it's remarkable the strength so far jaycee is showing. she didn't say her name for 18 years until the circumstances were right and she wrote her name down. she couldn't say it, she wrote it down, gave it to this investigator, which later of course freed her. it's remarkable to see the love between mother and daughter and to be reminded of how strong that bond is. >> absolutely. >> if you want to see more of this interview, diane sawyer's two-hour special including our investigation into police visits to this house that never proved anything was going on in the backyard, the whole story airs sunday night at 9:00 eastern, 8:00 central. don't miss it, it's quite
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the casey anthony verdict dominated the news this week.
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>> of course that's not all thatted when. here's a look back at the week. >> as to the charge of first degree murder we the jury find the defendant not guilty. >> we wanted justice for caylee and we're not getting justice for caylee. >> i think casey anthony is very complicated. i think casey anthony is a very, veve good liar. i think personally thth casey anthony killed her daughter. >> how can you punish someone for something if you don't know what they did? maybe i'm wrong on that, but if i don't know what you did, how can i tell you what the punishment for that crime is? >> i will sentence you to one year in the orange county jail, imposing a $1,000 fine on each cou count. all four counts to run cons consective to each other. giving you credit for the time
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that you have previously served. >> passengers were awakened by other passengers and crew members and alerted that the ship was sinking. >> i can't imagine being beaten to death, you know. but then you can't imagine being kidnapped and raped. you know? so it's just -- you just do what you have to do. to survive. >> she now appears to have reached the conclusion that if she doesn't bring charges against mr. strauss-kahn, everybody thinks that she's just a liar. >> you are a wonderful, sometimes patient woman. >> l.a. is not quite going to know what's hit it when the duke and duchess of cambridge arrive. >> not the most romantic speech there from old prince albert. >> no, their kiss -- odd. >> there's a lot of talk about that, the whole wedding. >> next week, prince william and kate departing california, heading to california. >> this morning. >> the sunny shores. >> her first time to the states. many, many people are looking forward to seeing them in l.a.
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they have lots of expensive events lined up. >> that's right. the major league baseball game coming this. "insomniac theater." [ david ] well, i basically started noticing my hair loss
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all right. time now for "insomniac theater." as you know at this point we're previewing movies. not so much reviewing. we'll do that on monday. >> that's because we have infants at home. if we went to the movie, people that paid $20 or whatever would be annoyed with us. >> yes, exactly. >> we're going to start with "horrible bosses" which we were talking to our own boss right now. >> we have no idea what that's like. >> we don't know what that's like. take a look at this. it's about three guys who hate their bosses for different reasons. and they conspire to kill their bosses. take a listen to this. >> let's see if this thing is working. oh! i'm sorry. i'm a squirter, dale.
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oh, you know what? i think i can make out our little friend right there. shabat shalom, somebody's circumsized. >> okay, listen. can we stop doing this thing here? >> why, because you have a girlfriend? >> she's not just my girlfriend anymore, we're engaged now. >> okay, i did not pick that clip. very saucy. jason bateman, who i love by the way. and jennifer aniston as you can see is sort of in a departure from her regular roles. it's getting some good reviews. they say it's kind of funny, there's moments that fall flat, but nonetheless probably worth seeing. >> let's move on to harry potter. this is the final movie in the harry potter series. "harry potter and the deathly pal rows part 2." all these movies so far b. $6.4 billion. we've got a clip now. this is basically, if i can try to explain the plot here, what's going on, there are pieces of
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lord val demotor's soul that have been tread around and they're trying to find them. listen. >> he knows. you know who. he knows we broke in. he knows what we took. he knows we're hunting them. >> how is it he knows? >> i saw it. >> you let him in? harry, you can't do that. >> hermione, i can't always help it. maybe i can, i don't know. >> never mind, what happened? >> well, he's angry. and scared too. he knows if we find and destroy all the hall cruxes we'll be able to kill him. >> it opens today in london, next week in the u.s. a couple of quick reviews. rotten tomatoes, 100% fresh rating. i love this one from the wrap. a, it's like encountering eight adorable cotton candy-pooping unicorns. they love it. it's getting really great reviews. >> if you weren't into harry potter sounds like you might even still like it. >> for the action and the adventure. >> you know all the lingo. sometimes it freaks me out.
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>> watch out, you muggles.
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this morning on "world news now," fatal rampage. two murder scenes, a police pursuit, and a hostage situation gripped grand rapids, michigan, for hours. >> police say the gunman killed seven people before taking his own life. it's friday, july 8th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, i'm daniel sieberg in for rob nelson. >> i'm peggy bunker. the ordeal in grand rapids began in the afternoon and the strange events did not end until midnight, scaring people all across town. eight people including the gunman and two children are now dead. >> clelely a stressful situation for people living in that neighborhood, not knowing what's going on. this lasted for hours. >> it's rerely terrible to hear these stories and report on them. the gunman is dead which some people sayayaybe is the best
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ending for that. >> at least there's some relief there for those people. all right. also ahead as casey anthony found out, she will be out of jail next week. a florida restaurant, though, is refusing to serve any of the jurors in the case. obviously this speaks to the emotions still running very high with people who disagree with the verdict in that case. >> not just in florida. country-wide, i would say. also later on this half hour, as we say good-bye to the shuttle program, we're also saying good-bye to the voice behind the countdown. see why this guy tells our favorite story of the day and really before nobody's seen this guy. he's been sort of a mystery. >> he's the voice that you hear. >> he's the voice that you hear but you don't see the face. >> on nasa tv he's kind of like the to infinity and beyond guy, always gives an inspirational message as the shuttle goes up. it's pretty great. all right. first the deadly shooting rampage, police standoff and high-speed chase that put a michigan city on edge all night long. >> seven people were shot and killed as the suspect got
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himself in the middle of an unexplainable drama in grand rapids. abc's chuck sivertsen reports now on the tension. >> reporter: the ordeal began when the gunman opened fire in two grand rapids homom late thursday afternoon. as local and michigan state police gathered evidence, neighbors and eyewitnesses expressed their shock. >> it's got to be the hardest thing ever. two families just -- >> gone. >> torn apart. all in the blink of an eye. one person could do this to somebobo, i just -- this is terrible. >> reporter: four people were found dead in one home. three victims were killed in another house in another neighborhood. police confirmed late last night that two victims were children. >> great people, great friendly people that i could not -- i could -- the last people on earth you would think something like this would happen to. >> reporter: police identified the suspect as rodrick shonte dantzler, discharged from prison in 2005 on assault charges. local media reported a long police record. >> he has been a danger and menace to society for as long as i can remember. >> reporter: it turned into an
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even more chaotic situation when police say dantzler led officers in a high-speed pursuit, opening fire. two people were shot and injured. >> you could see the police car spin around to get behind him. he hits the police car, pulls out the gun, fires seven shots at the police car directly. you can see right there where there's five shots. he was trying to kill them. >> reporter: the officers were in hot pursuit through downtown grand rapids on the wrong side of a busy interstate highway which was closed for hours. the pursuit ended in an exclusive neighborhood where police surrounded a home where dantzler was holed up. the ordeal ended there. just before midnight, police confirmed the hostages held in that home were released. dantzler had shot himself to death, leaving so many unanswered questions after such a frightening day. chuck sivertsen, abc news, new york. legally speaking the case is closed for casey anthony. the orlando judge imposed the maximum sentence of one year for each of the four convictions. these are for lying to authorities, to be served consecutively. these are the charges. also an addititial $1,000 fine
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on each count. however, with time served for good behavior and also credit time that she's already been in jail, anthony will walk out of jail on sunday, july 17th. and the outrage over casey anthony's acquittal on the most serious charges against her shows no signs of simmering down. most of the hostility is aimed at the jury members. the judge is so concerned he sealed their names temporarily for what he calls a cooling-off period. reporter brad davis of wtfs in tampa has the details. >> reporter: at the skyline chili in clearwater, a simple handwritten note on the door is evidence of the controversy surrounding the casey anthony verdict. >> i put that sign on there to voice my opinion. they may come in here, i might not know who they are. >> reporter: john mcclure wants his customers to know where the restaurant stands regarding the not guilty verdict. >> all my employees felt the same way when we heard the verdict. we were shocked. >> the sign says the jury's not welcome. that's perfectly okay with me.
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>> reporter: but others like rick justice -- yes, that's his name -- believe that jurors are being unfairly targeted. >> i mean, they're given a hard task. they're there to weigh the evidence of what they can and cannot hear. they do the best job that they can. they're people too. >> reporter: the 12 jurors from pinellas county were faced with the civic duty of determining the fate of casey anthony. >> it's about life and it's about death. it's about assigning responsibility and sorting out who's to blame. >> reporter: stetson law professor charles rose believes the jurors properly followed the evidence presented. >> you don't have anyone who is familiar with the way the legal system actually works, as television, saying that they got it wrong. the moment that justice becomes more involved with the story ending the way the audience wants it to end, that's the moment where we don't have any justice anymore. >> reporter: in pinellas county, brad davis, abc news. >> and you know, it's really tough. many people are saying, if it's
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ananconsolation, you try to think about what the jurors heard and learned, you know. the duration of this trial that we don't know. >> right, while they were sequestered. >> you really need the facts to equate to the evidence before you make your decision. still, it doesn't give you much of a warm, fuzzy feeling. >> no closure for folks on this and i think it's part of the problem. it's going to go on that way forever. because they're not going to try it again. >> and what happened to that little girl, that's what everybody is asking. the former editor of a british tabloid is expected to be arrested today in a growing scandal over hacking and payoffs. andy colson is suspected of paying police for information when i was he was heading "the news of the world." it was announced yesterday the best-selling newspaper would stop being published all because of this scandal. lot of families really hurt and devastated by accusations of hacking into cell phones. >> exactly, and d lling g em not journalists. what they're doing. >> right. that's def not journalistic. >> with both sides still far apart, president obama has summoned democratic and republican lawmakers back to the white house sunday to work on the debt deal.
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>> at issue are cuts to medicare, medicaid, and social security. also closing certain tax loopholes. karen travers is joining us from washington with more. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, peggy. good morning, daniel. the work continues and the clock keeps ticking. yesterday's nearly two-hour meeting at the white house didn't produce a deal. but afterwards the president and speaker boehner both said it was constructive. but -- >> nothing is agreed to until everything's agreed to. and the parties are still far apart on a wide range of issues. >> reporter: the president and speaker boehner have been discussing a plan that would cut $4 trillion over the next 10 to 12 years. but both parties would need to make significant concessions. >> everybody acknowledged that . >> everybody acknowledged that there's going to be pain involved politically on all sides. >> reporter: for republicans, that could be agreeing to close big tax loopholes and reduce some tax deductions in order to increase revenue. >> comprehensive tax reform, both on a corporate side and personal side, would make america more competitive. >> reporter: for democrats, that
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could mean signing off on cuts to medicare, medicaid, and social security. >> democratat suck it up. put the entitlements on the program -- on the table, make sure at the end of the day these are still programs that serve the public. >> reporter: senior congressional republicans express doubts to abc news that anything resembling a tax increase could pass the house. >> we as republicans are not going to support tax increases. >> reporter: while some democrats are ruled out cuts to entitlement programs. >> to not consider social security a piggy bank for giving tax cuts to the wealthiest people in you're country. >> reporter: congressional staff will work through the weekend and then on sunday, president obama will sit down with again with congressional leaders. he said yesterday that he hopes at that point, the hard bargaining can begin and maybe a deal can be reached. peggy and daniel? now to a fight on the gridiron. two louisiana high school football teams let their tempers get the best of them. the players ended up throwing more punches than balls at a
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summer scrimmage in baton rouge. it turned into an all-out brawl as helmets were ripped off and players went wild on the field. coaches from both squads took about five minutes to break up the fight. >> not to sportsmanlike. taking a look though at your friday forecast now. heavy rain,ome heavy rain, hail, and gusty winds from hail, and fromis to nashville and the to nashville and the showers around d.c., carolinas. hiladelphia, and boston. strong storms from the montana and northern colorado areas to montanatas. thunderstorms in the desert southwest. the >> 67 in seattle. 85 in salt lake city. southwest. t lake lbuquerque. e.s across the midwest. 5 in boston. 94 in atlanta. lanta. in miami. i. course we're watching the eather in florida. > yes. >> yes >> r rated to the shuttle. t's right.right. ng to the songning to the song "summertime" which baseball goes "summertime" w elly well with summertime. the yankees' derek jeter will have to wait at least one more game to make it into the record ones. close.s oh so close. the shortstop had his 2,998th hit last night in a loss against tampa bay. oss against the yankee captain two hits shy of the 3,000
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th milestone. they started losing since he came back. >> there's been a lot of losses tarted losing since been a lot ofn? can't be the paycheck. once he hit nt of the ts is mark, though, likely this weekend in front of the home crowd, jeter will on major only the 20th player in major league history to accomplish this feat. so no sm so no small feat. new york >> those tickets are a hot item in new york city. we'll be right back with more "world news now." spending too many nights alone at the spacebar. will love ever find me? ♪ oh yes! ♪ what about love?! [ female announcer ] swiffer attracts dust.
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the casey anthony verdict is on a lot of people's minds. so it's probably no surprise that it was this week's top
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yahoo! search. >> that's right. other hot searches included former imf chief dominique strauss-kahn, summer movies and the beatles. yahoo! web life editor heather cabot has details. good morning, heather. >> good morning, guys. reaction to the not guilty verdict and the sentencing in the casey anthony murder trial shook the web this week. anthony's s quittal of murdering her 2-year-old daughter stirred up outrage and disbelief online e moment the news broke. casey anthony quickly became the top searched topic of the week on yahoo!. the case has been closely watched on the web ever since caylee was first reported missing in 2008. back then the gruesome story women.d yahoo! users, especially and it became the second most searched news story of the entire year. even more than the 2008 presidential election. the trial's wall-to-wall coverage on cable networks and the live video streams of the proceedings spurred lookups for graphic details about specific evidence. anthony's father and boyfriend and her legal team.
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another case rocking the online world this week is the one against former imf chief dominique strauss-kahn that could be falling apart due to revelations about the woman accusing him of sexual assault. searches for dsk are up 4,800% this week. and interest in the scandal is split evenly between men and women. on a much lighter note, it seems both guys and gals want to see a lot of the same movies this summer. and while more women than men put "transformers 3" at the top of their list, surprisingly, there was equal interest by both sexes in getting tickets for "monte carlo," the mistaken identity comedy starring selena gomez. "larry crowne" starring tom hanks and julia roberts also generated online box office buzz this week. and did you know it's beatles day this sunday? every year liverpool celebrates the anniversary of the fab four's return from their first u.s. tour. on july 10th, 1968. searches for beatles lyrics are off the charts this month.
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and the signs seem to resonate across generations. 1 in 5 of the lookups for beatles songs come from people under age 24. back to you guys. >> isn't that interesting. >> easily my favorite beatles song, working on this shift, "hard day's night." >> "hard day's night." isn't it all, anybody up right now is definitely feeling the same way. i like "yesterday." i do like that song. coming up, maria shriver is liking her new $10 million purchase. she's got a new pad and it's a phat pad. >> we'll tell you where the location is. kind of interesting.g. and victoria beckham puts a little extra skin into "the skinny." >> she is skinny.
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welcome to your friday "skinny." we have a lot to dish on so let's get to it. first and foremost we want to talk about jennifer aniston. remember in 2005 when it was the scandal that was taking over hollywood. the big split from brad pitt after he took up with that angelina jolie character. >> so controversial. >> so controversial. >> seems she's never gotten over it. >> she's never gotten remarried and the whole thing. anyway, she is now talking about
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how interestingly enough she signed up to film this movie "the breakup" which was hysterical, by the way. it w w so good. she said it was therapeutic for her, while she was going through e breakup with brad. the producers say they were floored she agreed to do this movie because the breakup was well under way. she says the script, everything about it really helped her to sort of get over the whole thing. remember she did the naked shot? >> no, i do remember. vince vaughn remembers that too. i think it was a very cathartic sort of experience. he was probably like, , screwed up, can we do that take again? >> listen how well she's doing. she just got her hollywood -- the walk -- what is it? she got the star on the sidewalk on the thing. >> exactly. >> she's 42. i hope i look like that when i'm 42. years away. >> may be time to move on from the brad pitt thing. let's move on to maria shriver and arnold schwarzenegger. >> speaking of breakups. >> another high-profile breakup, exactly. evidently she's bought a new home, a $10 million mansion we should say, very close in l.a.'s brentwood neighborhood, very close to arnold schwarzenegger's house. you might wonder, why is this?
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that's because they are sharing custody of christopher and patrick, the couple's two minor children. as any children of divorced parents know, like i do, the parents if they're decent will try to make an arrangement to be close to each other so it's easy to visit, at leaea. >> that's right. >> that's the story. >> i hope that her crib's better than his crib and she gets a nice, new fresh start. that would be nice. other couple getting a fresh start, from what we're hearing it is not all paradise in monaco. >> no. >> everybody watched the wedding of prince albert. he's been like the bachelor extraordinaire, in his 50s. >> sort of uncomfortable to watch. wasn't it? >> they say she was crying during the vows but it wasn't like the i love you so much i can't believe we're getting married cry. it's like, from what i hear you have a third out of wedlock child that's about to come forward we're doing the dna after the wedding cry. >> during the speech he said you're sometimes a patient woman. no, no, no, that's not what you say about your future wife. >> it was just painful. now, he already has a daughter and a son that were proved, after he denied paternity, he
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said these children are not my children. they turned out later on, yes, they are his children. apparently there's a third person coming forward right now says they are pregnant. also rumor has it she tried to flee home to south africa three times before the wedding took place, which thousands of glitterati attended. >> that doesn't look like a happy first dance to me, not at all. all right. let's move on to victoria beckham and david beckham. victoria beckham -- >> posh and becks. >> expecting their first baby girl. they've already got a few boys. here she is pregnant. david beckham took this picture. and we're supposed to think that she didn't know this picture was being taken. did it very surreptitiously. yeah, right. she knew exaxaly -- i mean, there's no way this got released without it being approved -- now come on, if your husband took a picture of you -- >> she had no idea what was going on except the lighting true and the gaffers and the photographers shooting from different angles and the organic craft service. >> pay no attention to me. >> i'm just going to lay here. >> yeah. >> nobody looks like they're pregnant, though, really. >> she does look pretty amazing. >> she's probably like nine months or something. she'll probably have the baby tomorrowow coming up, farewell to
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somebody with a very famous voice. >> he is the voice of nasa. we're about to hear his final countdown. you're watching "world news now."
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. the royal newlyweds travel from canada to southern california today. they visited with leaders and locals in calgary and promised them they'll return to canada. wall street investors will have an eye on the latest jobless figures due out this morning. analysts predict improvement with unemployment and retail sales reports. and hundreds of thousands of spectators are at the kennedy space center awaiting the shuttle "atlantis" launch. it is the final mission for nasa's shuttle program. finally this half hour, our favorite story of the day. if you've ever watched a space shuttle launch, then you know george diller's voice. maybe even by accident. he's the person who counts down the launch and then says "liftoff."
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now just like the shuttle program itself, he's retiring. wjxx reporter lewis turner has the story. >> reporter: george diller is just as much a part of the shuttle program as the countdown clock. >> this clock has actually been declared a historical artifact. >> reporter: unlike the clock, you won't recognize his face. >> t minus two minutes and counting. >> reporter: that's just flashing lights until george takes over. >> four, three, two -- zero. >> before that i had actually been a reporter, radio reporter from the tampa bay area. covered the space program over here for about five years. and really fell in love with nasa and the space program. >> reporter: the job opened up for diller in 1978. it was ten years later that he did his first-ever shuttle play by play. >> there's a lot of concentration. you don't have enough time to be nervous about it. t minus 6.6 seconds, the main engines ignite. here i'm doing the last one which will certainly be a highlight.
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>> reporter: every good highlight needs the perfect call. >> everybody wants to know what your liftoff line is. >> liftoff for the final launch of "endeavour." expanding our knowledge, expanding our lives in space. >> i got part of it, not the end of it. >> i don't know if i can throw a few ideas your way. >> i'll take any suggestions i can get. >> here we go! to infinity and beyond! that's been taken. >> somebody wants me to say "that's all, folks." >> reporter: with the final deadline approaching in the symbiotic relationship between george and the clock, time is the enemy. >> it's going to be an emotional experience for george and also the hundreds of thousands of others who are gathered there at the kennedy space center, cape canaveral. you're looking at live pictures of shuttle "atlantis." they have just begun the fueling process of the liquid nitrogen, the liquid oxygen. that will go on for a few hours. then they'll cross their fingers and hope that the weather holds. schedule time 11:26 a.m. eastern. if not, they'll try again saturday and sunday. they're ready to light that candle.
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